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hacked, imports jumped. particularly for energy resources such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas or llg. they accounted for one-third of all imports. lng imports charged more than 25% from 2011 levels. that's because the gas was needed to fuel power plants. most nuclear plants in japan are offline for inspection following the mar 11 crisis at the fukushima daiichi. lng prices also stayed high throughout the year, due to stronger demand from emerging countries. another reason for the boost in imports has been a certain reversal in currency markets. the yen began weakening at the end of last year. the yen has continued to weaken and the new prime minister shinzo abe's bold economic policy. this corporation is one of japan's major trading companies. it imports lng from asia and the middle east. they expect imports of lng to be at least as high as last year, but the cost will be much higher as the value of the yen continues to drop. >> translator: we are really getting a triple punch in the shortage of lng supplies, the high price of the gas and the depreciation of the yen. as an ene
international law and contributed to a break down in the peace process. >>> foreign energy companies will deal with terrorism but a hostage crisis that left dozens of people from different countries dead is raising fears of new attacks on western infrastructure. 37 foreign nationals died in the operation his country carried out against islamic militants. they took hundreds of workers hostage. he stressed government forces moved in on the facility to demonstrate algeria will not give in to terrorism. a spokesperson for the militants told the french weekly paris match that group had achieved 90% of its goals. one of those goals was to take control of a heavily guarded complex with just 40 fighters. there were allegations the militants had some inside help. an algerian newspaper reported that security forces are questioning 11 workers. and algerian government officials have revealed former driver at the facility was among the attackers. he apparently provided the group with detailed information about the plant. the militants have pledged to continue their attacks unless france halts its military
. >> reporter: fumihiro ito spent years developing energy sources. he led a project to develop gas fields in the salaha desert. he came from a town devastated in the tsunami two years ago. now, his 82-year-old mother lives alone in temporary housing. she says she has no mementos to remember her son. he and his former classmates were planning to get together next month to celebrate their 60th birthdays. >> translator: ito said he would join the party but would not stay overnight, because he wanted to visit his mother and stay with her. i want the news to be a mistake. i still think ito will show up at the party. >> reporter: he was looking forward to seeing his old friend. instead, he and the others will take a moment to remember. keiko abe, nhk world, tokyo. >> seven survivors of the attack will fly home on a government plane. the bodies of the seven victims will also be on the plane. >>> survivors from other asian countries have started to return patchari raksawong has details. >> a malaysian man arrived home on wednesday afternoon. he was an employee of the engineering firm, jgc. ravi k
efficiency. dreamliners have two sets of them. one is under the cockpit and provides backup energy in an emergency. the other is under the passenger cabin. it starts the jet's engines. the eight-cell batteries weigh half as much as conventional motors but provide the same amount of power. the problem is, they are more susceptible to catching fire when they overheat. in the japan airlines case, the battery caught fire, ntsb chair says there is evidence of short circuiting. when high temperatures trigger an uncontrollable reaction. >> the photo on the right and you can see the cells outlined in red, show the eight damaged cells of our battery that we're investigating in the lab. >> reporter: hersman says among the battery's eight cells, three were heavily damaged. they are trying to figure out that those are different than others. >> we're working very hard to determine what happened and why it happened. we'll look at failure scenarios and coordinating with colleagues around the world. >> reporter: aviation authorities in japan are also looking at the battery problem. they have been
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